Writer and Traveller John Flinn is a serious advocate of traveling light. In his case takes a carry-on bag with him, even when he’s traveling abroad for weeks.
By limiting ourselves to one carry-on, we can be off the plane and halfway to Boulevard Saint-Germain while others huddle expectantly around the luggage carousel. We don’t worry that our checked bags will take an unplanned detour to Duluth or Dar es Salaam.
Packing light offers less tangible but very real benefits. It’s a chance to pare down and simplify our lives, to discover what is truly essential and what is not. It’s a reminder that we’re more than the sum of our possessions.
It’s not as difficult as you think. John Flinn lists out exactly what he packs in his bag – including the quick-dry socks, shirts, and underwear. A good read, especially for those of you still enduring the long wait at the carousel for your wardrobe on wheels.
Carrying off the art of one carry-on
What’s in John Flinn’s carry-on?